Really TZ, I thought when they flowered that is when you can harvest "new potatoes", or is that till after the flowers die? I have never grown potatoes until this year though....so I don't know, just thought I heard that somewhere.TZ -OH6 wrote:Wow, my potato plants are still flowering, which means they haven't even started to form tubers yet. I planted them before the last frost, so they are not late.
jal_ut wrote:Oh, I should mention that I will never use any part of a supermarket potato in my garden. Only certified disease free seed potatoes. This just to avoid the spread of disease.
Potatoes from the grocery store will grow, but not nearly as well as actual seed potatoes. The potatoes in grocery stores have been sprayed with a growth inhibitor so they won't sprout (the part you eat, not the plant).Gary350 wrote:I get my potato seeds at the grocery store they are about 1/4 the cost of potato seeds at the garden center.
We speak of seed potatoes, however, that is not seed, what it is is a potato. You cut the potato into pieces with an eye or two on each piece and plant the piece of potato. The eye sends out shoots and roots and you have a new plant. It is a type of vegetative reproduction.are potato seeds easy to find ??
We planted our garden late this year (mothers day - 2 weeks later). We planted mostly red potatoes but a couple of white potatoes that we had set aside in the house to grow eyes and shoots from pieces cut out of store bought potatoes. Now all of the red potatoes are up and growing nice green leaves and stalks. The tallest right now is probably about 10 - 12 inches and the smallest is just poking through. We planted them a few inches deep and mounded mulch on the top and kept them nice and moist. Sunday we removed the mulch down to the earth and mounded up rich potting soil around them. Every day I check them and add soil as they get taller. I mound the soil up so that everything is hidden except for the very top. Since the first one came up they have been growing very well.yumoOo wrote:if so what kind ? and how do you start to grow them?